I like to have several different kits made up ahead of time that I can easily grab and go on beautiful weather days. Nothing quite says spring to me than a picnic blanket and some simple art projects! (The picture linked here is from a community gathering where we made memory pages for a family that was moving away. The actual art to go kits are much smaller but I don’t have pictures to link YET.)
Ascetically I like to use wicker baskets for bringing out the goodies. Though in my teacher storage area I use cardboard shoe boxes, plastic sweater boxes, or small fabric totes to assemble my “grab and go” items.
The “Art Centers To Go” are also great to use indoors for multi-age programs that need quick to set up and cleanup activities to use while younger children nap.
I also love these “art centers to go” as gifts for children or families. Imagine the fun of having a pre-made kit for a car trip, the kiddo waiting for their sibling’s soccer practice, or for a fun project at the hotel.
Be sure to pack enough materials that the number of children creating can be engaged, but keep it clutter free so it is still inviting.
Rotate out the bins so children are excited to see what in the kit this week! Here are some bin ideas to get you started…but really the sky is limit!
Drawing Bin: various types of paper, markers, crayons, ruler, pencils, erasers
Collage Bin: scrap paper, scissors, fabric squares, ribbon, buttons, feathers, glue
Eco Creation: tape, scissors, rulers, recycled paper tubes, cardboard, and encourage kids to raid the recycle bin to find even more treasures.
Spray Paint Bin: several empty spray bottles, liquid water color or food coloring, paper, coffee filters, & plastic stencils. Teach kids how to fill bottles, add color, and then paint!
Play Dough Bin: dough, cookie cutters, and tools all ready to go
Watercolor Bin: watercolor paper, brushes, paints, and shallow bowls.
Card Making Bin: pre-folded cards, envelopes, stickers, markers, stamps & pads
Beading Bin: pony beads, sorting tray, scissors, string, tape